What is the Chronic Pain Management Program?
The Chronic Pain Management Program is one of the services available for individuals living with chronic pain. Designed to take place over 6 weeks, the course helps individuals living with chronic pain learn skills that can help them better manage their chronic pain symptoms as well as their daily lives.
Who can attend?
Individuals over the age of 18 experiencing any of the following symptoms typically attend this course:
- Chronic musculoskeletal pain (such as chronic neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.)
- Whiplash injuries
- Chronic regional pain syndromes
- Repetitive strain injury
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Post-surgical pain that lasts beyond six months
- Neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma)
- Neuralgias (such as post herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia)
- Post-stroke or central pain
- Persistent headache
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Diabetes and who have neuropathy
- Severe muscular pain due to conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis
- And/or someone who is the friend, family, and/or caregiver of someone experiencing any of these conditions
What happens in the program?
The same 10 to 16 participants meet on a weekly basis for 2.5 hours at the same day, time, and location. In an interactive environment that is facilitated by two trained individuals, participants discuss topics such as:
- Setting goals
- Making decisions to support life with chronic pain
- Planning and problem solving to manage chronic pain symptoms
- Planning to pace and rest for better management of chronic pain
- Communication skills to facilitate better understanding of chronic pain by others
- Principles of healthy eating
- Learning a strength and flexibility program
- Managing stress
- Managing medications
- Techniques for relaxation and better breathing
Participants take on an active role in the course. An example of a weekly activity is the use of a goal setting tool that participants learn about, called Action Plan. Participants make Action Plans each week and discuss them during the workshops.
Who leads the program?
The workshop is led by two individuals who also live with chronic pain. Our peer facilitators have successfully completed a four day training offered by our organization and are active members of a community of practice.
In what languages is this program offered?
In addition to English, we offer the chronic pain program in Mandarin. We are also interested in exploring opportunities in Cantonese and French.
Who developed the program?
The Chronic Pain Management Program was co-designed by researchers at Stanford University as well as two Canadian health care professionals through applied research and is license by the Self-Management Resource Centre. It follows a standardized format that has been proven to help people learn to better manage chronic pain. It is considered to be a best practice program in chronic pain self-management.